Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Light Series by Aleatha Romig

 The Light Series

by New York Times Best Selling Author
Aleatha Romig

An investigator's search for a friend draws her into a world darker than she could have imagined.

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price...

(by Cindy Meyer)

Have you been Aleatha’d?

It’s a saying among Aleatha Romig readers; one that only someone who’s actually experienced what that feels like could truly answer.  Admittedly, it’s an experience I’ve “suffered” numerous times, and it’s happened again.  Into the Light is book one of Aleatha Romig’s The Light Series.

I always expect twists and turns when it comes to this author. At its best, the anxiety keeps me up into the wee hours of the morning. At its worst, I can’t read for more than a chapter or two without having to put the book down and find something to distract me from the building anxiety. Into the Light caused both.  The prologue alone is the kind of stuff movies are made of.

Stella Montgomery’s best friend has disappeared. As a top investigator for a leading news station in Detroit, Stella uses her connections to try and find out what has happened to her friend and colleague, Mindy. Through her contacts, she stumbles upon a staggering statistic: Detroit boasts the disappearance of more women per capita than anywhere else in the Country. Is it possible that the two are connected?

Sara Adams wakes blind from a coma, trapped in a world she can neither see nor remember. The followers of The Light, including Jacob, her husband, speak and act with a sense of familiarity that Sara can’t explain, but she’s somehow convinced is real. She struggles to recall a memory, anything that can connect her mind to events before the incident that landed her in the hospital.

Despite the insistence of The Light’s followers, Sara’s inquisitive instincts have her questioning whether the submissive manner of the women of The Light could have ever been the Sara they say she was. The men of The Light demand obedience, and her husband – Jacob – is swift to issue punishment when Sara falls short of those expectations. But Jacob is also fiercely protective and tenderly loving. It confuses Sara. He’s affectionate in one minute and exacting in the next. It’s a dichotomy that brings her both comfort and fear.

I always find myself trying to stay one step ahead of Aleatha Romig’s stories. Half the fun is attempting to figure out where she’s going before we get there. Into the Light challenged me to do the same. The story alternates between characters, weaving a story of both intrigue and outrage. The author is careful and crafty in leaving clues – tasty little morsels that, if I wasn’t watching out for them, I could have read right past, not stopping to pick them up to savor.

Of course, in true Aleatha Romig style, the biggest shoe drops in the last one percent – YES! I SAID 1% -- of the story, leaving me right where I, honestly, expected to be: deliciously hanging until Away from the Dark (later this year).

So, let me answer my original question.  Yes! I’ve been Aleatha’d.  Have you?

Five amazing stars!

Nine months ago, Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she's a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a women in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband.

But as Sara's memory starts to return and she remembers her past, she sees that everything she's been told is a lie. The Light is an insidious and dangerous organization, and its corrupting influence reaches well beyond the confines of the remote campus where Sara is being held.

With everything at stake, Sara struggles to sort out her true memories from her indoctrination. The desire to escape consumes her, but who can she trust? And which other followers of The Light were forced into this life, brainwashed to believe they belonged? The more she remembers, the more it becomes clear that Jacob, the man who calls himself her husband, is keeping shattering secrets of his own.

But Sara cannot flee along, leaving innocents behind. She must fight to extinguish The Light.

(by Cindy Meyer)

Aleatha Romig has a way of grabbing her readers by the throat and not letting go until we are literally and figuratively gasping for air. Away From the Dark pushed me to the point that, many times, I had to put the book down and walk away just to catch my breath. Away From the Dark is the chilling conclusion to Aleatha Romig’s The Light Series.

I 'm so afraid to say anything that risk spoiling the plot, and I fear even the slightest hint may do that. I want readers to “suffer” as much as I did while turning page after page. Suffice to say that you will NOT be disappointed. Oh, you’ll be terrified, and you’ll be shocked, and you’ll even be outraged, but disappointed? Nope.

Jacob is away from the Northern Light on an errand for Father Gabriel, and Sara is missing. That’s where Into the Light ends and that’s exactly where Away From the Dark begins. There are questions, and holes in Sara's memory, and missing information for both of them. But rest assured, the author carefully and craftily leads her characters (and her readers) on a journey where all will be revealed. Or will it?

One other thing you’ll be? Definitely left asking even more questions.

I cannot say enough about This book. This series. This author.

Five phenomenal stars.

Bravo, Aleatha, and congratulations!

About Author
Aleatha Romig 

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.


Twitter @aleatharomig 

1 comment:

  1. I love these books and the audio books. Aleatha Romig is a brilliant author. Every book she's written is a 5 star book!